The following is a summary of programs and services currently available to Ontario farmers that are funded by the Ontario and/or Canadian governments. Check with your commodity organizations for additional commodity-specific programs that may be available through your associations.
The information is current as of the publication date. However, programs and services are subject to frequent changes. To verify any of the program information, consult the contact listed for each program.
The Agricultural Information Contact Centre of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) provides province-wide, toll-free technical and business information to commercial farms, agri-businesses and other rural businesses:
Specific information for Northern Ontario is available by calling OMAFRA's Northern Ontario Regional Office at 1-800-461-6132.
The OMAFRA website (www.ontario.ca/omafra) is available 24 hours a day. The site provides publications, Factsheets and detailed technical information on crops, livestock, engineering, land use planning, environmental management, business management and economic development. Business management information can be found at www.ontario.ca/agbusiness.
Ag Business Update Electronic Newsletter
This monthly electronic newsletter provides concise business information, including business programs, conferences, courses and publications. To subscribe, select the Events and Newsletters link on the OMAFRA website (www.ontario.ca/agbusiness).
The Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada website (www.agr.gc.ca) lists federally administered programs.
For comprehensive information on starting a new farm business, see Publication 61, Starting a Farm in Ontario. To obtain a copy of this or any other ministry publication: